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ABATTOIR • Vicious Attack

ACCEPT • Restless and Wild

ACID • Acid

ACID • MANIAC

ACID • Live in Belgium

AGENT STEEL • Skeptics Apocalypse

AGENT STEEL • Mad Locust Rising

ANACRUSIS • Screams and Whispers

ANNIHILATOR • Alice In Hell

 ANTHRAX • Fistful of Metal • Megaforce Records • MRI 069

ANTHRAX • Armed And Dangerous • Megforce Records • MRS 05

ANTRHAX • Spreading The Disease

ANVIL • Metal on Metal

ANVIL • Forged in Fire

ANVIL • Live in Concert

ANVIL CHORUS • Thought Crimes

ANVIL CHORUS  • The Killing Sun

ARTILLERY  • Fear of Tomorrow

ARTILLERY  • Terror Squad

ATHEIST  •  Piece of Time

ATHEIST  • Unquestionable Presence

ATTACKER  • Battle At Helms Deep

ATTACKER  • The Second Coming

ATTACKER  • Standing The Test of Time

ATTACKER  • Giants of Canaan

ATTACKER  • Sins of the World

BATHORY  • Bathory

BATHORY  • The Return…

BITCH  • Damnation Alley

BITCH  • Be My Slave

BLACK SABBATH  • Mob Rules

BLIND ILLUSION  • The Sane Asylum

BLOODLUST  • Guilty As Sin

BLESSED DEATH  • KILL OR BE KILLED • Megaforce Records • MRI 1369

BLITZKREIG  • A TIME OF CHANGES

CACOPHONY  • SPEED METAL SYMPHONY

CAGE  • Astrology

CANDLEMASS  • Nightfall

CANDLEMASS  • Ancient Dreams

CANDLEMASS  • Tales of Creation

CATHERDRAL  • Supernatural Birth Machine

CELTIC FROST  • Morbid Tales

CELTIC FROST  • Emperor’s Return

CELTIC FROST  • To Mega Therion

COVEN  • Witchcraft Reaps Souls and Destroys Minds

COVEN  • Jinx

COVEN13  • Worship New Gods

COVEN13 • Destiny of the Gods

CIRITH UNGOL  • Frost and Fire

CIRITH UNGOL  • King of the Dead

CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER  • Convicted

CULPPRIT  • Guilty As Charged

CYNIC  • Focus

DARK ANGEL  • We Have Arrived

DARK ANGEL  • Darkness Descends

DARK ANGEL  • Leave Scars

DEAF DEALER  • Keeper of The Flame

DEF DEALER  • Journey Into Fear

DARKNESS  • The Gasoline Solution

DEATH  • Scream Bloody Gore

DEATH  • Leprosy

DEATH  • Spirtual Healing

DEATH  • Human

DEATH  • Individual Thought Patterns

DEATH  • Symbolic

DEATH ANGEL • Act  III

DEATH STRIKE • Fuckin’ Death

DEEP SWITCH • Nine Inches of God

DESTRUCTION • Infernal Overkill

DESTUCTOR  • Maximum Destruction

DREAM DEATH • Journey Into Fear

DOCTOR BUTCHER • Doctor Butcher

EXCITER •  Heavy Metal Maniac

EXCITER • Violence & Force • Megaforce Records

EXCITER • Exciter • Double Play  Classic • Heavy Metal Maniac • Violence & Force • 1989 CD —Caroline/Megaforce Records

EXHORDER • Slaughter In the Vatican

EXODUS •  A Lesson in Violence • October 30th, 1984 Advance Cassette

EXODUS •Bonded By Blood

EXODUS • Pleasure of the Flesh

EXODUS • A Lesson In Violence (Live @ Studio 54 + March 1986 Paul Baloff Demos)

EXODUS • Another Lesson In Violence LIVE

EXODUS • Bonded By Baloff (A.L.I.V Remastered + Bonus Tracks)

EXUMER • Possessed By Fire

EXUMER • Rising By The Sea

FATES WARNING • Night On Brocken

FORBIDDEN • Forbidden Evil

FORBIDDEN • Twisted Into Form

The GATHERING • Mandylion

The GATHERING • Nightime Birds

GRAVE DIGGER • Heavy Metal Breakdown • Megaforce Records

• MRI 869

GRAVE DIGGER • Witch Hunter • Megaforce Records • MRI 1169

GRIFFIN • Flight of The Griffin

HAWAII • One Nation Underground

HALLOWEEN • Don’t Metal With Evil • October 30th, 1984 Advance Cassette Original Artwork

HALLOWEEN • Don’t Metal With Evil

HALLOWEEN • No One Gets Out!

HALLOWEEN • No One Gets Out! • Molten Metal Records Version features the “Vicious” Demo

HELL • “Hell” 1982 CD Demos Come on 2011 CD album

H-BOMB • Coup de metal

H-BOMB • Attaque

HEATHEN • Breaking The Silence

HEATHEN • Victims of Deception

HEATHEN • Recovered

HIRAX  • Raging Violence

HIRAX  • Not Dead Yet (Raging Violence) on CD

HOLOCAUST  • The Nightcomers

IMAGIKA • Imagika

IMAGIKA  • Worship

IMAGIKA  • And So It Burns

Imagika  •  Devil on Both Sides

INFERNAL MAJESTY  • None Shall Defy

INSTANITY  • Death After Death

IRON MAIDEN  • Iron Maiden

IRON MAIDEN  • Killers

IRON MAIDEN  • The Number of the Beast

JAGUAR  • Power Games

JAG PANZER  • Ample Destruction

JUDAS PREIST  • Killing Machine

JUDAS PRIEST  • Hell Bent for Leather

JUDAS PRIEST  • Unleashed In the East

JUDAS PRIEST  • British Steel

JUDAS PRIEST  • Painkiller

KING DIAMOND  • Fatal Portrait

KING DIAMOND  • Abigail

KING DIAMOND  • Them

KREATOR  • Endless Pain

KREATOR  • Pleasure To Kill

LIEGE LORD  • Master Control

MACABRE • Gloom

MALEDICTION • Condamnés

MALEDICTION • Esclave du vice

MANOWAR • Battle Hymns

MANOWAR • Into Glory Ride  • Megaforce Records

MANOWAR • Hail To England

MASSACRE  • From Beyond

MASSACRE  • Back From Beyond

MASTER  • Master

MASTER  • 1985 Unreleased Album

MEDIEVAL  • Medieval…aka 1983 Medieval Cassette Album

MEDIEVAL  • All Knobs to the Right

MEDIEVAL  • Reign of Terror

MEDIEVAL  • Medieval Kills

MEGADETH  • Rust In Peace

The MENTORS • You Axed For It

MERCYFUL FATE  • 1982 EP

MERCYFUL FATE  • Melissa

MERCYFUL FATE  • Don’t Break The Oath

MERCYFUL FATE  • Curse of The Pharaohs

MERCYFUL FATE Live From The Depths of Hell

MERCYFUL FATE  • The Beginning

MERCYFUL FATE  • Return of the Vampire

MERCYFUL FATE  • In The Shadows

METAL CHURCH  • Metal Church  • Ground Zero Records with Bonus Track “Big Guns”

METAL CHURCH  • Metal Church 1986 • CD on Elektra Records (C)1984 (P) 1986

METALLICA  • No Life ’til Leather

METALLICA  • No Life ’til Leather w/16 Minute Ron McGovney interview

METALLICA • Night of the Rivetheads — No Life ’til Leather w/Power Metal Demo — speed up

METALLICA  • Live Metal Up Your Ass

METALLICA  • Kill em ‘ All • Megaforce Records • MRI 069

METALLICA  • Ride The Lightning • Megaforce Records

• MRI 769

METALLICA • Whiplash • Megaforce Records • MRS 04

METALLICA  • Creeping Death/Jump In the Fire Cd

METALLICA  • Master of Puppets

MORBID ANGEL  • Abominations of Desolation

MORBID ANGEL  • Altars of Madness

MORBID ANGEL  • Blessed are the Sick

MORBID ANGEL  • Covenant

MORBID ANGEL  • Domination

MORBID ANGEL  • Entangled In Chaos

Motörhead • Ace of Spades

Motörhead • N Sleep ’til Hammersmith

Motörhead • Iron Fist

Motörhead • Another Perfect Day

Motörhead • No Remorse

Motörhead • Orgamsatron

NASTY SAVAGE • Nasty Savage

NASTY SAVGE • Indulgence

NERVOSA • 2012

NERVOSA • Time of Death

NERVOSA • Victim of Yourself

NERVOSA • Agony

NIGHTMARE • Astral Deliverance

OBITUARY • Slowly We Rot

OBITUARY • Cause of Death

OBLIVION • From This Day Forward

OBLIVION • From This Day Forward

OVERKILL • Feel The Fire • Megaforce Records • MRI 1469

OZ • Fire in The Brain

OZ • III Warning

OZZYOSBOURNE• Blizzard of Ozz

OZZY OSBOURNE • Diary of a Madman

OZZY OSBOURNE • Tribute

PAGAN ALTAR • 1982 Demo Cassette

PAGAN ALTAR • Pagan Altar Volume 1

PAGAN ALTAR • Judgment of the Dead

PILE DRIVER • Metal Inquisition

PENTAGRAM • Pentagram

PENTAGRAM • Day of Reckoning

PENTAGRAM • Relentless • Pentagram retitled

PENTAGRAM • Day of Reckoning/Relentless • Double CD

PENTAGRAM • Be Forewarned

POSSESSED • Seven Churches

RAVEN • All for One • Megaforce Records • MRI 269

RAVEN • Live at the Inferno • Megaforce Records • MRI 969

RAZOR • Executioners’ Song

RAZOR • Evil Invaders

REPULSION • Slaughter of the Innocent

REPULSION • Horrified

RIOT • Fire Down Under

RIOT • Thundersteel

RIOT • Privilege of Power

The RODS • Wild Dogs

RUSH • A Far Well To Kings

RUSH • Permanent Waves

RUSH • Exit…Stage Left

RUSH • Signal

RUSH • Grace Under Pressure

RUSH • Power Windows

RUSH • Hold Your Fire

RUSH • A Show of Hands

RUSH • Chronicles

RUSH • Presto

RUSH • Test For Echo

RUSH • Differnet Stages — LIVE

 SABBAT • History of a Time to Come

SATAN • Court in the Act

SATAN • Suspended Sentence

SATAN • Live in the Act

SATAN • Life Sentence

SATAN • Trial By Fire –Live In North America

SATAN • Atom by Atom

SAVATAGE • Sirens

SCORPIONS • Taken By Force

SACRIFICE • Torment In Fire

SACRIFICE • Forward to Termination

SACRIFICE • Soliders of Misfortune

SACRIFICE • Apocalypse Inside

SEPULTURA • Beneath The Remains

SKULLVIEW • Kings of the Universe

SINDROME • Sindrome 2 demos on 1 CD

SINDROME  • Resurrection….

SLAUGHTER • Strappado

SLAUTER XSTROYES • Winterkill

SLAUTER XSTROYES  • Free the Beast

SLAYER  • Show No Mercy

SLAYER • Haunting The Chapel

SLAYER • Hell Awaits

SLAYER • Live Undead

SLAYER  • Reign in Blood

SODOM • In The Sign of Evil

SODOM • Obsessed By Cruelty

STORMTROOPERS OF DEATH •  Speask English of Die • Megaforce Records

SUCIDIAL TENDENCIES • Suicidal Tendencies

SYRIS • Unseen Forces

TANK • Filth Hounds of Hades

TANK • Power of the Hunter

TANK • This Means  War

TERRORIZER • World Downfall

TESTAMENT • Legacy

TROUBLE • Live 1983

TROUBLE • Trouble • Later retitled Psalms 9

TROUBLE • The Skull

TROUBLE • Run To The Light

TYGERS OF PAN TANG • Wildcat

TYGERS OF PAN TANG • Spell Bound

TWISTED SISTER • Under the Blade

UFO • The Wild, The Willing, The Innocent

UNSEEN TERROR • Human Error

VENOM • Welcome to Hell

VENOM • Black Metal

VENOM • At War With Satan

VIO-LENCE • Eternal Nightmare

VOI VOD • War and Pain

VOI VOD  • Rrröööaaarrr

WARGASM • Why Play Around?

WARFARE • Pure Filth

WARFARE • Metal Anarchy

WARFARE • Mayhem Fucking Mayhem

WARLOCK • Triumph and Agony

WARLORD • Deliever  Us

WARLORD • And the Cannons of Destruction Have Begun

WARLORD • Thy Kindgom Come • 1st EP and LP on CD

WARHEAD • Speedway

WARHEAD • The Day After

WATCHTOWER • Energetic Disassembly

WATCHTOWER • Control and Resistance

WITCHCROSS • Fit for Fight

WITCHCROSS • Axe to Grind

WITCHFINDER GENERAL • Death Penalty

WITCHFINDER GENERAL • Friends of Hell

WICHKILLER • Day of the Saxons

ZOSER MEZ • Vizier of Wasteland

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Crest of Darkness means 20 years of black metal, in the unconventional way, and they just released the great “Welcome the Dead”. I never know, whenever I interview an artist, who the hell I am sitting in front of. A freak? A maniac? Shy? Wasted? A logical mind or a pretty sick one? Well, with Ingar Amlien I felt I was talking to a brilliant mind, in full control of its art and business, and even his endless darkness appears to be driven by a cold cynic logic. And I fucking loved that, and every single words of his answers. Ladies and gentlemen, this is Ingar Amlien, this is the dark side of Crest of Darkness.

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MH: Hail there! Who thought of these questions and who’s gonna answer aren’t young guys anymore. Not on their 20s. Not even in their 30s. But a guy like me listen to this music like I used to do back in the 90s and a guy like you do play this music way better than any young artist out there. Yet you sound so young, rebel, new… How come?

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Ingar Amlien: Deep inside I guess we’re both the same persons as we were twenty years ago, that’s the simple answer of your question. It’s might not the whole truth, but when all comes to all I believe it’s perhaps as easy as that. Let me explain… Most people are very enthusiastic in what they are doing in their young days, but keeping this spirit alive through a long life isn’t always that easy. I’ve seen so many enthusiastic musicians during the years. Many of them had big ambitions in the start of their careers, they were full of inspiration, they were ready to conquer the whole world! But the time goes by, the music business is very hard, you never really know what the future will bring. And then you have all the other things in life… family life, kids, and so on.. I have personally also been through all this, but for one or another reason I still love being a part of the metal scene! I’m working full of enthusiasm with new releases, I love standing on the stage… I simply love this crazy life! So yes!!! ..I still feel like a young person, and for sure I’m still a rebel! Nothing can change that!

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MH: Twenty years since the first release, more than twenty year since first Crest of Darkness incarnation. What was the feeling pushing you doing this back then, what is the feeling pushing you today?

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Ingar Amlien: I had a pretty successful career together with a band called Conception in the early nineties. Conception was a melodic, progressive metal band. We released four albums, and we did some quite successful tours. I have many good memories from these years, in many ways it was the start of it all, but in the same period I did also have a lot of ideas for a more brutal band. I wanted to make much darker, more aggressive music…. Well, Crest of Darkness is the result of these ideas and visions. It’s very much the same things that motivate me to make music nowadays. Through Crest of Darkness I’m expressing the darkest sides of myself, and I’m letting the listeners get a touch of my own dark universe, my own dark world!

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MH: In my review for your album I talked about darkness and violence, the ancestral ones, expressed in a modern way: in which way are you so old school, but also new, fresh and so modern that you set new limits?

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Ingar Amlien: One of the main reasons why Crest of Darkness has a quite unique sound has to do with the fact that I never follow any kind of “rules”. I’m not afraid of mixing elements from different musical styles in my music. I remember in “the old days” that it wasn’t “allowed” to have melodic guitar solos in black metal music, the sound should be as dirty as possible… Even the cover art was supposed to be looking in a certain kind of way. Well, I did everything “wrong”, and many people didn’t really understand what kind of band Crest of Darkness was. Some people loved us, others hated us. But most important, we were able to create something unique, and it was a lot of discussions around the band. Afterwards I wouldn’t have done anything in a different kind of way! I’m proud of the fact that I have always followed my own ideas and visions, and in the long run that is what is most important! I actually believe that this is perhaps the biggest reason why I’m still here in this business!

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MH: About those new limits: the album is raw black metal, yet it is symphonic without being symphonic, melodic with solos, but still purely black metal, and it’s also atmospheric without spending a second in those extended theatrical/FX sections widely abused nowadays. How did you do it?

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Ingar Amlien: I guess I’ve already given you most of the answers of this question. I have a lot of musical experience, and I’m not afraid of using this experience when I’m writing new songs. For each album, for each song, I know what kind of atmosphere I want to create. It’s always a kind of evil undertone in my songs, something sinister… But to make my songs come alive I’m using all kind of elements without taking care of what others might think is “right or wrong”. I’m just following my own heart!

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MH: Let’s talk about the lyrics. Out of the whole darkness, what shades of grey do you put into your lyrical context?

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Ingar Amlien: I’m a Satanist following in the tradition of Anton LaVey. Through the years I’ve found my own way in life, I guess you’ll never find anyone like me, but I have to say that I’ve found a lot of inspiration in the writings of Anton LaVey. You could might say that it was he and Church of Satan that opened my eyes more than 25 years ago. It was the start of my life on the left hand path. My life as a Satanist, my interest for history, culture, art, poetry, movies, occultism, religion, folklore (vampirism in particular)… All this together (and much more) makes the fundament of my artistic work.

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MH: I personally go damn crazy for “Scourged And Crucified”. Can’t believe that a song so, let me say it, simple can be so magnetic, catchy and… violent. How was it crafted?

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Ingar Amlien: Great that you like this song so much! Thanks a lot! Well, this song was written in the same way as most of songs I’ve made for Crest of Darkness. I’m spending a lot of time making new guitar parts, new guitar riffs… All these parts of music is spinning around in my head. I’m thinking music all the time it feels like. Whatever, now and then I structure these peaces of music and make new songs out of them. Before I’m meeting the band and we’re starting to rehearse on a new song I usually have everything ready. The whole arrangement and so on… So when I’m working together with the band we’re actually working very fast, but as you understand it’s lying a long process behind my songs.

 

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MH: Since we are at it, how was the whole album created? I mean sound direction, cover and even the title.

 

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Ingar Amlien: When it comes to the whole concept of the album I had a pretty clear vision from the first beginning about how I wanted it to be. I wanted to make the darkest Crest of Darkness album ever! At the same time I knew that I wanted to make an album with a lot of variations. I want people to get the feeling that they’re on journey together with me and the band when they’re listening through the whole album from the start to the end. Perhaps a little bit like reading a book or watching a movie. To get this feeling it’s important that the songs, the cover, the title… all this have to work together in a kind of entirety. I spent a lot of time to figure out all this. Finding the right cover art was a big challenge, but when Francesco Palumbo from My Kingdom Music showed me some photos of the Zombie Foetus sculptures created by the Italian artist Andrea Falaschi I knew at once that this is it!!

 

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MH: Tell me about the closing track “Katharsis”. What about it’s meaning, it’s origin and your collaboration with Espen Reboli Bjerke?

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Ingar Amlien: The music of this song was made by our guitar player Rebo. He was playing the basic guitar theme on one of our rehearsals. I don’t think he really expected it to become a Crest of Darkness song at all, but we all loved his idea, and we agreed about working out something. In the studio we first recorded the basic of the song, later on Rebo recorded one of the best guitar solos I’ve ever heard! It’s so full of emotions! I just love it! This fantastic peace of music inspired me to write the lyrics “Katharsis”. One of the most important lyrics I’ve ever written! In the lyrics I’m going through the whole career of Crest of Darkness, I’ve tried to find the essence of my work… the dark energy you’ll find in all the music of Crest of Darkness. You could might say that this is my personal “katharsis”. I was very happy when the Norwegian actor Espen Reboli Bjerke wanted to do the vocal parts of this song. He’s voice is perfect for this, and it’s lifting the song to another sphere. For me it feels like that!

MH: Where do you see your band today, where was it in the 90s and where will it be after, say, 2020?

Ingar Amlien: The nineties… Well, we made some pretty good albums, but I guess I was still searching for something. Today I’m still searching, which is a good thing, but I’m much more clear about what I want to do! I always try to become better in what I’m doing, but Crest of Darkness has “grown up” now and in many ways I know what to do. I have a very clear vision for the future of the band. So 2020… If I’m still alive I can promise you that Crest of Darkness will also be alive! It’s not in my thoughts at all giving up this business. I’m looking forward to release more albums, go on more tours… I just love this kind of life!

MH: Plans to take “Welcome The Dead” onstage down here in Italy?

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Ingar Amlien: We’ve played in Italy twice (with Shining in 2013 and Marduk in 2015), and we’d love to come back! I can’t give you anything concrete information here and now, but we’re working with new tour plans. I’ll say it’s a very big chance we’re coming back to Italy quite soon.

MH: I love to leave the last words to the artist. In the past I had any answer, from a cold “see you” to great explicit declarations involving famous religious places and mass religion idols. You message to our readers, to your fans, to the Italian fans… and thanks for your time.

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Ingar Amlien: Believe me when I say that we love our fans! We’re might not the biggest band in the world, but we have the greatest fans! Some of you have followed us in more than twenty years now! Some of you have followed me since the early days when I played with Conception. This means a lot to me and the band, and this gives us the inspiration to keep on making music… We always try to make the best Crest of Darkness album ever! I do of course understand that some of you who are reading this interview don’t know Crest of Darkness very well at all…. That’s understandable, but remember that you’re always welcome to visit my Dark Universe! Infernal Greetings to All of You from me and Crest of Darkness!

 

 

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